Monograms provides traveler's access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Sorrento and Italy. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Sorrento and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Sorrento insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Meet a Local Host® in Sorrento
My name is Annamaria and I was born here in Sorrento. I really enjoy sharing the culture and secrets of my land with Monograms visitors: from the world-famous island of Capri and the extraordinary excavations of Pompeii to the enchanting atmosphere of the Amalfi coast, not forgetting the wonderful flavors of Mediterranean cuisine.
Walk through the Old Town along the fisherman's path to Marina Grande, once the main harbor of Sorrento and location to some of Sophia Loren’s movies. Stop at one of the restaurants to enjoy fresh fish brought in by the local fleet.
Correale Museum, Marquetry Museum (Museo Bottega Della TarsiaLignea)
The eighteenth century Palazzo Correale di Terranova houses the town's museum, Correale. The rooms hold precious examples of crafts and local art from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. On exhibition are some remarkable pieces from the Greco-Roman age, medieval elements from the Cathedral, furniture, clocks, porcelain, glass and a fine collection of paintings. Of special interest are the 19th- century marquetry items made by local artists according to the tradition which has brought international fame to Sorrento. A trip to the new Marquetry Museum is well worth your time to learn more about this decorative art. The Museum's principal objective is to promote and ensure continuity of the tradition of Sorrentine marquetry.
City Train Tour
The little city train travels from Piazza Tasso to various parts of the city. It is fitted with an audio system giving an insight into interesting locations plus musical background of various Italian musicians and popular tunes. Many places can be difficult to walk to and the approximately 30-minute ride is an easy way to learn about Sorrento.
Sorrentine Peninsula: Hop On - Hop Off Bus
Enjoy some of the best views of the peninsula, its Mediterranean vegetation, blue sea, and small, picturesque towns and villages. Hop off the bus at the stops of your choice to admire and explore, then catch the next bus according to the circuit's timetable. Audio guides with commentary are provided on board.
In the heart of the city, relax in the peaceful atmosphere of “L’ Agruminato” a citrus garden with dozens of orange and lemon trees typical of the Sorrento peninsula.
Surrounded by elegant gardens and camellia trees, Villa Fiorentino is one of the most charming villas in Sorrento. During the summer, the villa is home to art exhibitions, and musical concerts are held on the grounds.
Catch the local “Sita” bus to enchanting village of Nerano Cantone, famous for the crystal clear sea. Relax on the beach and treat your tastebuds to the fresh fish caught just offshore by the local fishermen.
Queen Giovanna's Baths
Stroll out of town to the Queen Giovanna's Baths and ancient fortress to view the Mediterranean up close. Walk back or catch the local bus.
Good buys of local craftsmanship include inlaid woodwork 'intarsio', created in anything from small musical boxes right up to large pieces of furniture. Cameos and corals make splendid jewelry pieces. Admire lifelike Capodimonte figurines created in the Naples area. Other shopping possibilities are embroidery and silk work made at home by local ladies, or look out for ceramics from the Amalfi coastline.
The Sorrento and Naples areas are well known for their cuisine, but perhaps the most famous of all is the Pizza Margherita, invented in Naples. Sorrento is renowned for its fresh fish dishes, shell fish (often served with scialatielli home made pasta) and other sea food such as the delicious calamari (squid). Spaghetti with clams is certainly one of the favorites and for dessert maybe try the local pastiera (cake with ricotta cheese, wheat grain and candied fruit).
Via Cesareo is the main shopping street and the best place to start your walk is where it intersects with Plaza Tasso. Find a wide variety of items including lemon products, walnuts, olive oil and a large selection of candies. There are also some local crafts available such as embroidery and wood intarsia. What to buy: lemons, which grow abundantly throughout the hills, are in every form…. from soap to candies, liquors, cookies, cakes, and pies.
Sea, Sun, Music and Culture
Sorrento offers everything to visitors, sea and sun, magnificent mountain views, music and culture, a relaxing atmosphere...and everything within a short distance.